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Benitez Talks About Newcastle’s Wounded Warrior

8:48 am, Saturday, July 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

It was bad news when Siem de Jong suffered yet another injury in training in Ireland yesterday and the Dutchman has been sent back to Benton for treatment and for a full prognosis on his hamstring injury.

And another player who has been dogged by injury over the last few years has also been injured as Kevin Mbabu picked up a thigh injury and has also returned to the Benton base yesterday.

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Siem de Jong – hamstring injury

Rafa Benitez has talked about the moment that seems to have ended the 27 year-old Dutchman’s chance of cementing a place in the first team to start off the Championship season.

This is what Rafa has said about Siem:

“He was a really bad moment to be fair.” “I was close to him and he tried to keep the ball in with his heel and there was a problem with his hamstring.”

“That can sometimes happen.” “It was a bad movement, but it was a positive thing in terms of trying to get the ball and fighting for that.”

“That’s the positive view, but the negative is that the movement was too dangerous.” “Now we have to wait to see if he is fit.”

Siem de Jong has not played too many games for Newcastle over the two years he’s been at the club (26 games – two goals) and he has talked this summer about maybe getting more first team games by going out on loan.

But we think Rafa wants to see how he would do in the Championship next season.

kevin mbabu training gear

Kevin Mbabu – thigh injury

No news yet on how long either Siem or Kevin could be out for, but it’s a bad time to pick up the injury with Rafa having to decide during the preseason friendlies what his best team is likely to be next season.

The first friendly is today against Bohemian at Dalymount Park with a 2:00 pm kick-off.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Kevin Mbabu · Medical · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Siem de Jong · Training Camp

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Bad movement? Nice choice of words

  • 2 toontaff2 // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Bad movements are often brought on by a hot curry!

  • 3 mindshaft // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Shame about Mbabu and DeJong however they both seem injury prone and we’re unlikely to get many games a season from them – given they are taking up 1st team squad places maybe it’s better we let them go ( presuming someone will take them )

    Sooner Sissoko goes the better, he should take a leaf out of Ginis book and keep out the press asking for moves – at least Gini respects the club and fans and says nowt

  • 4 Bowjaw // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    I’m beginning to wonder if the fact that charnley has been left in charge of “business” since Rafa has been away concentrating on our current squad, has any thing to do with the lack of movement with transfers? I know Hayden joined but that was already a done deal.

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    De Jong is a quality player but seemingly just doesn’t have the physical constitution to play in English competition. Most of his injuries seem to occur in training which is perhaps more rigorous than in Holland. M’babu is a worry. Just signed a contract extension but looks to be prone to soft-tissue injury as well. And Riviere. Fully fit, injured, his contribution is about the same. One of Charnley and Carr’s most heinous crimes.

  • 6 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM



  • 7 Veltmann // Jul 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Good to see BandB back.I wasn’t her biggest fan earlier but now I am.Realized the place needs someone like her I reckon.
    With that, I’m off!!

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